Come ENJOY this investigation and review of common mineral properties and specific characteristics. See preview! Students breakdown mineral properties into color, luster, cleavage, specific gravity (density) hardness, and streak. Students also have fun classifying minerals into silicates and non-silicates and learning about 8 different varieties of quartz. In addition, salt crystals are analyzed as well as the similarities and differences between diamond and graphite. Minerals addressed include quartz, mica, amphibole, plagioclase feldspar, orthoclase feldspar, pyrite, calcite, halite, graphite, barite, silver, fluorite, corundum and diamond. Non-silicates categorized include carbonates, sulfates, native elements, sulfides, halides, and oxides.
This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your geology teaching library.
Cut and paste or Velcro and laminate for special education applications and alternative assessments.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 4th – 9th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”